Rams lose 2 linemen to head injuries in 1st half

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Rams right tackle Jason Smith and backup defensive tackle Darell Scott were expected to fly back to St. Louis with the team after they were taken to the hospital because of injuries sustained during the first half against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.

Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo said Smith, who was accidentally kicked in the head during the first quarter, was diagnosed with a strained neck after undergoing an MRI and a CT scan at a Dallas hospital.

Scott was also taken to the hospital and was evaluated after a blow to the head just before halftime.

Spagnuolo the two linemen were expected to meet the Rams at the team plane Sunday night. St. Louis lost 34-7 and fell to 0-6.

After a long delay to treat Smith, he was seen moving his limbs before being placed on a backboard and driven to the locker room for further evaluation.

Smith had run over to the sideline to try tackling Dallas safety Abram Elam after he caused a fumble and was returning it. Smith went for the tackle and Elam's leg whacked Smith across his helmet while Elam was running. Cameras showed him waving and putting his hands together as if in prayer while being driven out.

Scott bounced his head on the turf during a kickoff return seconds before halftime. He was able to get up and sit in the back of a cart as he was driven off.

Linebacker Brady Poppinga also went out with a strained left calf.

Spagnuolo also said quarterback Sam Bradford continues to deal with a high ankle sprain.

''They put it in a firmer cast,'' he said. ''I don't know what day he'll try to do something again. It's a day-to-day thing.''

Tagged: Cowboys, Rams, Abram Elam, Darell Scott, Jason Smith

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